When Chris Petersen was named Washington's new head coach in early December of 2013, the first man he brought with him to begin hitting the recruiting trail was his longtime assistant, Keith Bhonapha.
Bhonapha, who enters his third season on Montlake in 2016, followed Petersen to Seattle after having spent the previous eight years on his staff at Boise State. He spent the previous five years in Boise as running backs coach, the last three as recruiting coordinator and was also the team's director of operations from 2006 to 2008.
In 2015, Bhonapha coached UW freshman tailback Myles Gaskin, who earned Freshman All-America honors after rushing for 1,302 yards, the eighth-highest rushing total in UW history. Gaskin also ran for 14 touchdowns, fifth-most ever at Washington. Both totals were easiliy school records for freshmen (true or redshirt).
In his first season at Washington in 2014, Bhonapha coached a large and diverse group of running backs, five of whom started at least one game during the season (in large part due to injury). The group gelled down the stretch and had a back go over 100 yards in each of the last five games of the regular season.
In 2013, he mentored sophomore All-Mountain West Conference running back Jay Ajayi, who finished the season with 1,425 yards and 18 touchdowns, the fourth- and third-highest totals in Boise State history, respectively.
At Boise State, Bhonapha also coached Doug Martin, who twice earned first-team all-conference and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Martin rushed for 1,299 yards as a senior after totalling 1,260 as a junior.
In 2012, D.J. Harper ran for 1,137 yards and 15 TDs while, in 2009, Bhonapha's first as running backs coach, Jeremy Avery compiled 1,151 rushing yards, meaning that Bhonapha coached a 1,000-yard back in each of his five seasons with the Broncos.
Prior to taking over as running backs coach, he spent three years as Petersen's director of football operations.
A four-year letterman at Hawai'i, he began his coaching career at his Alma mater in 2003, working with the defensive backs and special teams.
Bhonapha earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies (with a focus on criminology) in 2003. He also earned a master's in public administration from Hawai'i in 2005. Coach Bhonapha's wife is named Julia.
• 2014-2016 – Washington – Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
• 2011-2013 – Boise State – Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
• 2009-2011 – Boise State – Running Backs
• 2006-2008 – Boise State – Director of Football Operations
• 2003-2005 – Hawai’i – Graduate Assistant